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Pale Rider (1985)

R | | Drama, Western | 28 June 1985 (USA)
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A mysterious preacher (Clint Eastwood) protects a humble prospector village from a greedy mining company trying to encroach on their land.

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Clint Eastwood
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... Preacher
Michael Moriarty ... Hull Barret
Carrie Snodgress ... Sarah Wheeler
Chris Penn ... Josh LaHood (as Christopher Penn)
Richard Dysart ... Coy LaHood
Sydney Penny ... Megan Wheeler
Richard Kiel ... Club
Doug McGrath ... Spider Conway
John Russell ... Stockburn
Charles Hallahan ... McGill
Marvin J. McIntyre ... Jagou
Fran Ryan ... Ma Blankenship
Richard Hamilton ... Jed Blankenship
Graham Paul ... Ev Gossage
Chuck Lafont Chuck Lafont ... Eddie Conway (as Chuck LaFont)
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Storyline

A gold mining camp in the California foothills is besieged by a neighboring landowner intent on stealing their claims. A preacher (Clint Eastwood) rides into camp and uses all of his powers of persuasion to convince the landowner to give up his attacks on the miners. Written by David J. Kiseleski <davidk269@aol.com>

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... and hell followed with him. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Trivia

It was the night of this movie's West Coast premiere at the Golden Bough Theater in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California that Clint Eastwood had a tryst with flight attendant Jacelyn Reeves at his apartment just a few blocks away and conceived their secret son Scott Reeves (who later changed his name to Scott Eastwood). (June 20, 1985) See more »

Goofs

When Hull Barret rides into town by himself on the wagon he is fine. When riding out with The Preacher after the fight you can see a cast on his arm. It is also visible as he mounts the wagon. Back in camp, it's fine again. See more »

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[first lines]
Megan Wheeler: Lindsey.
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Crazy Credits

The credit for catering just says "The Caterers" (including the quotation marks in the credit). See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Hammer (2007) See more »

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'Pale Rider'
10 April 2004 | by rah604See all my reviews

In the Sergio Leone spaghetti westerns of the 60s, Clint Eastwood rose to fame playing the man with no name. In 'Pale Rider', Eastwood creates his own variation of this character. Eastwood plays a mysterious gunfighter who is given the name 'preacher' because of the preacher's collar he wears. When the 'preacher' arrives at a gold mining community, he helps them stand up against a callous landowner.

Eastwood cuts deep into the film's characters in what is a rather standard script. Particularly, in the scenes involving the preacher and a gold-mining family. Eastwood also succeeds in giving his film a dark atmosphere which only adds to its intensity.

'Pale Rider' may not be as good as the director's best westerns, 'Unforgiven' and 'The Outlaw Josey Wales', but it can be regarded as a strong effort in what has been an illustrious career for Eastwood.

Rating: (8/10)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$6,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,119,111, 30 June 1985

Gross USA:

$41,410,568

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$41,410,568
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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